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Andrea Barzagli insists Mario Balotelli “has nothing to apologise for” after a Twitter rant and the striker shows his softer side.
The Rio de Janeiro stadium Italy are meant to train in from tomorrow is still closed due to structural problems.
Lorenzo Insigne “had a real scare,” but his injury should not rule him out of Italy’s European Under-21 Championship semi-final.
Italy legend Roberto Baggio praised Cesare Prandelli for his “great work” ahead of the Confederations Cup.
Riccardo Saponara had been “dreaming of this goal” after scoring in Italy’s Under-21 4-0 demolition of Israel.
Lorenzo Insigne avoided a fracture and should be available for the European Championship semi-final.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in Italy’s 4-0 win over Israel and warned “we want to win the Euros.”
Coach Devis Mangia is waiting for news on Lorenzo Insigne’s injury and celebrating Italy’s qualification for the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.
Manolo Gabbiadini bagged a brace as Italy thrashed 10-man Israel 4-0 to reach the Under-21 European semi-finals, but Lorenzo Insigne was stretchered off.
Cesare Prandelli admits “Mario Balotelli is not like the others, but we want him to be a player and not a personality.”
Italy could qualify for the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals with a win against hosts Israel tonight.
Gigi Buffon again stands up for Mario Balotelli, suggesting he is provoked “because it’s the only way they can stop him.”
Cesare Prandelli was glad Mario Balotelli apologised, but warned “he has to understand he’ll always be provoked and mustn’t lose his calm.”
Italy’s opponents Mexico have confirmed their Confederations Cup squad and shirt numbers.
Mario Balotelli has publicly apologised for his red card and furious reaction. “I need to learn... still.”
“Italy and Holland are the strongest teams in the tournament,” said Israel Coach Guy Luzon ahead of tonight’s Under-21 clash.
Italy continue their European Under-21 Championships tonight against hosts Israel and Ciro Immobile feels “it’ll be tougher than England.”
Alberto Aquilani insisted the 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic “was not such a poor performance.”
Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the red card against the Czech Republic. “You can support another country.”
Brazil have lost Leandro Damiao for the Confederations Cup, calling in Atletico Mineiro forward Jo instead.
Gigi Buffon defended Mario Balotelli and felt Italy rarely give their best in June after he rescued a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic.
Cesare Prandelli insisted “it was a very valuable point” against the Czech Republic, but he will lecture Mario Balotelli after the dismissal.
Mario Balotelli was sent off, but Gigi Buffon’s heroics earned Italy a goalless draw in the Czech Republic.
Italy won their European Under-21 Championship opener and Devis Mangia warns hosts Israel will be “tough” tomorrow.
Milan trio Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo lead the way as Italy face the Czech Republic tonight.